Perfect is a good word to describe the Brookings-Harbor baseball team’s season, after they beat Yamhill-Carlton 11-2 in the state title game on Saturday and finished the year 16-0.
While the final score may not represent a competitive game, the Bruins actually battled back after going down two runs in the early stages of the final.
The turning point came in the third inning with the Bruins down 1-0. With no outs, Yamhill-Carlton had loaded the bases and was threatening to break the game open.
That’s when Senior Adam Shew stepped onto the mound and began one of the best pitching performances of his high school career, said head coach Keith Wallin. Shew helped the Bruins escape from the third while allowing just one more run. Afterward, a momentum shift reverberated through the stadium.
“You would have thought we won the game already, our guys were the most fired up I’d ever seen them, and we were down two to nothing,” said Walllin. “The script flipped, that team was rallying to score a bunch of runs and we were able to shut them down.”
Riding the momentum, the Bruins drove in six runs the next inning. From there on, the offense continued to produce, and Shew closed the remainder of the game without allowing any additional runs.
The state title marks a school-first in baseball, and was only the team’s second overall appearance in a state final game — the first was in 1995.
Five seniors will graduate from the team this year: Jacub McCollum, Andrew Burger, Adam Shew, Kayson Christensen and Payton Armentrout.
Wallin said the team was supported tremendously by the community throughout the season.
“This was a full community effort, speaking for the coaching staff, our families and wives and children give up so much time for us to be able to do this, we can't thank them enough...and for the parents to be so supportive, and to let us coach them the way that we need to coach them, is everything,” said Wallin.